Well, it happened, I turned 29 again. This year, I’m celebrating the 15 pounds I’ve lost since my last birthday, the improvements in my general health since last year, and all the knowledge I’ve gained in the past year! I was blessed to celebrate my birthday with my husband, family, and friends this week. There was great company, excellent food, and most of all there were cookies that I could actually eat!
If you’re grain free, then you know how the world seems to brighten when you can enjoy grain free treats that don’t taste like they’re grain free at all! The first batch of cookies was courtesy of my amazing aunt. After we enjoyed a birthday dinner, she told me she had a treat for me. While out shopping, she stumbled upon a cookie mix from XO baking Co, and was delighted to find that these cookies were not only gluten free, but also grain free! We enjoyed the cookies and decided we should absolutely try and find the mix again.
When I tried to locate the mix on line I immediately had sticker shock! While I will probably order a few packages of the mix to keep on hand for times when I don’t feel like baking cookies from scratch, it’s certainly not a price I want to pay weekly to keep my sweet tooth happy. So obviously, I’m not going to do without cookies. I’ll just have to come up with a recipe that I can make from scratch!
Last night we were having guests over, so it was a perfect time to try out a new recipe. I’ve been working on a new grain free flour blend, one that’s a bit liter than the first. I’ve used it in baking my bread and it’s worked very well. To look at this flour, it’s hard to distinguish it from white four at all. It does have a different taste when it is uncooked, but once heated to boiling temperatures, the taste disappears and you’d swear you’re eating something made with white flour. I decided it was time to try baking some cookies with this new flour.
The result was happy guests who said the cookie bars were pretty much indistinguishable from grain based baked goods. If the grain lovers go for seconds, I’m pretty sure the recipe’s a keeper.
2 eggs (or 2T flax seed plus 6T warm water)
1 cup butter or coconut oil
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup my grain free flour blend (Mix A)
1t baking soda
1t xanthum gum
12 oz chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer. Add eggs and vanilla and blend well. Mix in my grain free flour blend. When well blended, stir in in xanthum gum and baking soda. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon batter into an 8x 10 inch baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Bars are done when a knife is inserted to center and comes out clean. Cool until room temperature then slice into 1 inch bars.